说起来两个宝小时候的很多用品都是从BabiesRus买的，从car seat、swing、bouncer、play yard等到baby clothes、diapers＆wipes、baby wash&shampoo、bottles、nipples、liners以及宝宝的很多玩具。才开始几乎都是原价买的，因为老公相信他们产品的质量，而且相对来说同类可选的产品比较多，可以说宝宝用品比较齐全吧，后来才发现在他们店不仅可以用他们自己的coupon，也可以用manufacturer’s coupon，此外似乎还接受打印版的coupon；如果在他们网站购买东西，通常还会夹带15%或20% coupon，以及一些回馈顾客的活动，有时可以省不少钱，这些我以前提过，在此就不细说了。
JMs常问及宝宝用品的选购问题，我自己写过也汇集过一些妈妈的经验之谈，下面就将我在BRU的官方网站找到的关于Car Seat、Baby Formula、Baby Furniture的一些指南与建议略加整理后贴这里供宝爸宝妈们参考啊，Enjoy Your Baby!
●Car Seat Buying Guide
●Stroller Buying Guide
●Bottle Feeding Overview
●Crib & Crib Mattress Buying Guide
●Baby Furniture Basics
●Changing Table Buying Guide
●Baby's First Sponge Bath
●Baby's First Shampoo
【Car Seats Buying Guide】
Every state in the U.S. enforces the use of car seats for infants. Car seats are responsible for saving thousands of children's lives each year. That's why it's especially important to choose wisely. And, it's helpful to keep a car seat in every vehicle baby rides in — like grandparents' and caregiver's — for fuss-free and safe travels.
There are different types of car seats for the different ages and stages of your little one.
★Infant Car Seats (4-35 lbs.)*
Although there are many brands and features to choose from, all infant car seats share one thing in common: They are designed to support the back, head and neck of a developing infant and must be installed rearfacing (facing the back window) in the back seat of the vehicle.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat until they are 2 years of age or they exceed the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer of their child safety seat.
Remember, a car seat is an absolute must for bringing baby home — hospitals won't let you leave with your newborn without one.
★Convertible Car Seats
(Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs., Forward-facing: Minimum 2 years and 20-70 lbs.)*
These car seats convert from rear-facing to forward-facing as babygrows. They have higher rear-facing height and weight limits, so babies can ride rear-facing until the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of 2 years.
Babies should remain rear-facing in convertible seats for as long as possible, until they reach the manufacturer's maximum weight and height limits, at which time the seat can be turned to forward-facing.
When used rear-facing, always make sure that the harness straps are at or below shoulder level, and placed in the designated slots specified in the user's manual.
★Booster Car Seats
When your child has outgrown the convertible car seat, but is too small to use the vehicle's seat belt system alone (approximately ages 4 through 8 years old), it's time for a booster car seat.
There are 3 types of Booster Car Seats available
★Combination Booster Car Seat
(Forward-Facing With Harness: 20-65 Lbs., Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat: 40-120 Lbs.)*
Use with a 5-point harness for children up to 65 lbs. Then remove the harness and use as a booster seat with the vehicle's seat belt system.
Harness straps should be at or above shoulder level. Once the child exceeds the weight or height limits of the seat, remove internal harness and use as belt-positioning booster seat. Be sure the harness is snug and adjust the chest clip to armpit level.
★Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat (40-100 lbs.)*
A belt-positioning booster car seat features full-head support and raises the child up for a better fit while using the car's own vehicle seat belt system.
All booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts, never with the lap belt only.
★No-Back Booster Car Seat (40-100 lbs.)*
This booster car seat uses the car's own vehicle seat or seat belt system and head support to appropriately restrain and protect children fromapproximately 40-100 lbs.Once your child reaches an approximate height of 4'9'' and weighs 80 pounds, he or she may no longer need to use a booster car seat. State and local laws vary. For details, contactyour state or local government.
★Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why can't I put my baby's car seat in the front of the car?
A: Passenger-side airbags make it particularly dangerous for babies to be in the front seat. Airbags are designed to help protect adults riding in this seat, but if one is released (even in a low-impact crash), the force of the airbag opening can cause serious head and neck injuries to an infant. The safest place for a child is in the back seat.
Q: How do I know if the seat belt fits my child correctly?
A: Look at where the belt lays. Make sure the lap belt fits snugly across your child's thighs, not belly. Theshoulder harness should fit across his chest, not his neck or throat. In addition to buying the right car seat and using it properly, there are a few more rules of the road every parent should keep in mind. Never leave your child alone in a car alone or near a car unattended, and beware of certain parts of the vehicle that could be potential safety hazards. Finally, always be a good role model and wear your seat belt.
Q: How do I know that the seat has been properly secured?
A: The seat should not be able to slide more than an inch in any direction. If you're using a convertible seat,check to see if the seat belt is put in the correct path for the direction the baby is facing. If your car is newer than 2002, it should be equipped with the Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. If your car and your car seat have anchors for this, it may be easier to fasten the car seat using this system instead of using a seat belt to secure it.
Q: My car has a built-in seat. Is this safe to use?
A: Yes, built-in seats are safe as long as they are used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Checkwith your vehicle's owner's manual to be sure you're using it correctly.
★Car Seat Safety Tips
●Be sure to purchase a car seat that is appropriate for your child's height, weight and age. Follow manufacturer's instructions for installation. If you have questions, call the manufacturer (most provide a helpline number to call).
●Never install a car seat in a front-passenger seat that has an active air bag, and remember that all children 12 and under are safer in the backseat.
●The base of your car seat should rest firmly on the seat, and the vehicle's seatbelt system or LATCH system must be able to secure it tightly. If it moves more than an inch side to side, then it's too loose.
●If your vehicle's seatbelt is not able to lock your child's car seat securely in place, you may need to use a locking clip (which may be packaged with the seat or can be purchased separately).
●To make sure you have installed your car seat correctly, attend a car seat safety check. Many local fire departments, police stations, healthcare facilities, even Babies''R''Us stores, periodically hold these events - where a certified technician can examine your car seat installation.
●Always send in the manufacturer's registration card. If your car seat is recalled, you will be notified by the manufacturer.
●Avoid used car seats. Older car seats may not conform to present safety standards. And since cracks and damages are not always visible, you may not know if it has been involved in a crash.
●Avoid using car seats involved in a crash. Involvement in collisions may limit their effectiveness. Parents should contact the car seat manufacturer to inquire whether the seat needs to be replaced, and then discuss it with their insurance company (policies often cover replacement).
★Avoid these mistakes when installing your car seat:
●Not securing your vehicle's seatbelt or LATCH system tightly. The car seat should not be able to move more than an inch side to side. Check your car seat each time you use it. If you can't securely install the car seat, contact a certified child passenger safety technician.
●Switching to a forward-facing car seat too soon. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat until they are 2 years of age or they exceed the maximum height or weight allowed by the manufacturer of their child safety seat.
★Car Seat Accessories: Small Things That Make A Big Difference!
●Soft Roller Shade/Sunshade
●Car Seat Under Mat
●Infant Carrier Cover
●Additional Base (for infant seat)
●Car Seat Carry Bag
【Strollers Buying Guide】
★How to Shop
Babies"R"Us has an incredible selection of strollers including full-featured traditional styles, plus specialty strollers detailed below. Check these out to find the perfect set of wheels for you and your baby.
Always on the move? A travel system composed of car seat + stroller + base offers an easy way to take your napping baby from car to stroller and back.
Spend a lot of time outdoors - on the trail or in the city? Look for rubber wheels and shock absorbers to get the smoothest ride.
Need a no-fuss option? Have limited storage space? These grab-and-go, easy-to-tote styles help keep life streamlined. Great for a second stroller.
Have two children who need a lift? Our side-by-sides and tandems will get you all where you want to go. Need room for three? Check out our triple strollers online at Babiesrus.com.
●consider child's age and weight
Not all strollers are appropriate for all ages. Review the stroller's product information to ensure it's right for your baby. For example, does the stroller accommodate an infant car seat? If not, newborns can only use a stroller that fully reclines and has a full enclosure.
★What to Look For?
Look for features that ensure baby's comfort and your convenience.
●parent tray offers convenience with cup holders and covered storage.
●height-adjustable handle* accommodates drivers of all heights - very convenient when sharing driving responsibilities.
●one-hand fold* lets you hold your baby and fold your stroller at the same time.
●extra-large storage basket keeps diaper bag, toys and blankets tucked away
●quick-release tires and compact fold for easy travel and storage.
●rubber, air-inflated wheels will do the best job of cushioning the bounce. suspension systems and shock absorbers ensure a smooth ride.
●adjustable canopy to protect your little one from the elements.
●5-point safety harness safely secures baby at shoulders, hips and between the legs.
●multiple recline positions allow you to adjust the seat when your child wants to nap or see the world around her.
●child tray for snacking and little hands at play.
●front swivel wheel allows you to round corners with ease. Runners should look for a front-locking wheel to help them stay on course.
【Breastfeeding An Overview】
Items You'll Need
●Pillows and Stools
●Bibs & Burp Clothes
●Nursing Bras/Bra Pads
★Why the ultimate bonding experience is also the healthiest.
Naturally, you want to give your baby the best and there's no better food for newborns than mother's milk. While it takes time and practice to get the hang of it (for both of you), the many benefits of breastfeeding are worth the commitment.
★Benefits of Breastfeeding
●The Perfect Food - Your breast milk changes according to what your baby needs. The first few days it is thick and full of immunities, exactly right for a newborn.
●Stronger Immune System - Breast milk is shown to protect against allergies, ear infections and diarrhea, and breast fed babies have less illnesses during the first year.
●Easy to Digest - Breast milk is filled with over 100 nutrients that cannot be duplicated by formula, and it never causes constipation.
●Promotes Normal Weight Gain - Breast milk promotes normal weight gain, and protects against future obesity.
●Heals Your Body - Breastfeeding causes your uterus to contract and helps to bring it back to its normal, pre-pregnancy size.
●Burns Up To 500 Calories A Day - Once your milk supply is built up, you are burning between 200-500 calories a day.
●Reduces Stress Levels - Breastfeeding can help reduce stress levels, making you feel happier.
Beyond its nutritional benefits, breastfeeding keeps your baby healthier and is an emotionally nurturing experience, too. Here are a few items that will help make your breastfeeding experience convenient as well as comfortable.
●Double Electric Breast Pumps express milk from both breasts simultaneously, providing more milk in lesstime.
●Electric Breast Pumps have an automated pumping action that does the work for you. Look for one with the maximum amount of personal control over the suction level and speed. You'll want to eliminate any chance of nipple trauma, or excessive tugging at the nipples. Advances in technology have produced electric breast pumps that offer moms a comfortable and efficient pumping experience.
●Battery-Operated Breast Pumps combine the automated pumping of an electric pump, with the portability of a manual breast pump. You'll want to choose one that's gentle, and allows you to have maximum control over your comfort. Manual Breast Pumps are lightweight, quiet and portable. You manually compress the handle to express milk, using fingertip adjustable suction that allows you to choose what feels comfortable. Manual Breast Pumps are generally more economical, and some are as effective as electric pumps.
●Rental Breast Pumps are available through hospitals or rental stations for home use. You may want to rent a pump if you plan on pumping exclusively or if you are trying to maintain your milk supply after a multiple birth.
★Learning to Pump
Pumping gets easier as you go along, so don't be discouraged if you aren't expressing a lot of milk right away. Here are a few tips to get you started:
●Always wash your hands thoroughly before pumping.
●Stay hydrated: keep a glass of juice or water nearby.
●Choose a time when you won't be interrupted, and try to relax.
●If your breasts become engorged (swollen from an abundance of milk production), place warm compresses on before pumping.
●Stimulate more milk ducts by adjusting the pump's breast shield or cushion.
●To maintain your milk supply, it is important to pump as frequently as possible, and as often as you would normally breastfeed.
●Enjoy a healthy balanced diet, frequent intake of liquids, and get lots of rest.
For many mothers, learning to breastfeed takes time and practice, but the commitment is worth all the great benefits. To make nursing a more comfortable and convenient experience, here are some breastfeeding accessories that every new mother will appreciate:
●Nursing Bras are extremely convenient for feeding your newborn on demand or expressing milk when you are away from home. Ideally, shop for the bra in your last trimester to ensure the best fit.
●Breast Shells are designed to protect sore nipples from further irritation or to draw out flat or inverted nipples.
●Breast Pads protect clothes from leakage. Most pads are contoured to fit in your nursing bra in the most natural way.
●Breast Creams help soothe and heal sore nipples that can result from breastfeeding.
●Nursing Shawls/Wraps give you privacy while feeding your baby in public places.
●Nursing Clothes could be found in your own wardrobe or in maternity stores. While a tank top that allows baby easy access might do the job at home, clothes designed specifically for breastfeeding moms are more convenient while you're out.
●Burping Cloth/Diaper takes care of the spit-ups caused by baby in the early months. Experienced parents recommend keeping at least three to four handy.
【Bottle-Feeding An Overview】
Items You'll Need
(should you be breastfeeding and storing breastmilk in bottles)
★Choosing Baby Bottles
New parents are always on a quest to find the perfect bottle for their newborn. Chances are, you will have to try different types of bottles, such as straight-neck and angled-neck, to figure out which one your baby prefers. That said, the type of bottle you choose should be one that helps to reduce gas and discomfort, and keeps your baby content.
American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that all bottles and nipples should be sterilized the first time you use them. This can be done by placing them in boiling water for five to 10 minutes. After that, you can wash them with hot tap water and dish soap if your home has chlorinated water; if it does not, you should continue to use boiled water. Be sure to let bottles dry and cool completely before using.
★Types of Bottles
As the name suggests, these bottles can be used over and over again. And whether it's a straight or angledneck bottle, a clear style is best to see how much baby is drinking. All bottles are marked in ounces for easy, precise measuring. The two most popular types of reusable bottles are:
Straight-Neck Bottles come in tall and wide shapes. You may prefer the wide shape since it's more stable and easier to clean. A wide opening can also make it simpler to pour liquid into or out of a bottle. Many also have an anti-vacuum function to reduce gas or discomfort.
Angled-Neck Bottles are designed to keep the nipple filled with liquid to reduce air intake during feeding. They promote holding baby upright. Many doctors believe that feeding baby in this position helps prevent ear infections. Some are insulated to keep milk fresh longer.
Disposable nursers offer economical, on-the-go convenience using a holder with pre-sterilized, disposable liners. After a feeding, just toss the liner, with minimal clean-up necessary. They feature wide-based nipples to help baby switch between breast and bottle.
Pre-Sterilized Liners are airtight and flexible so they contract, reducing air ingestion and preventing painful gas. To avoid spills, disposable nursers can be fully-assembled for traveling.
Pre-Sterilized Cups are sturdy and offer reliable protection for liquids or breast milk. You can write on them for easy identification and stack them in the freezer or refrigerator. When ready for use, they can safely be put in a bottle warmer. For on-the-go feeding, attach a nipple to the cup.
Nipples come in different shapes and textures, and your baby will let you know which one she likes best if you watch her reaction while using it.
Some newborns need to be coaxed at first-by gently stimulating their lips with the nipple before they begin sucking. Once they get used to it, the motion is likely to come more naturally.
★Types of Nipples
Babies are particular about the nipples they accept, which accounts for the availability of many shapes, flow rates and materials. Use nipples & collars from the same manufacturer to ensure a tight fit and avoid messy leaks. Replace nipples every 2 to 3 months.
Naturally Shaped Nipples are soft, with a wider base and are designed to encourage proper latch-on and suckling so baby can switch between bottle and breast feeding.
Orthodontic Nipples resemble a mother's nipple after baby's repeated sucking. Elongated and indented in the center to evoke the same tonguing action of breast feeding babies.
Traditional Nipples are bell-shaped with a thinner base and tip. They're good for babies who only bottlefeed, with arrange of flow rates: slow for newborns, fast for toddlers. The number of holes varies, too.
Anti-Vacuum Nipples allow air into the bottle to prevent a vacuum while feeding. A vacuum causes the nipple to collapse, making it hard for baby to drink. If baby works to get liquid, it can lead to discomfort.
Multi-Flow Nipples can be adjusted before feeding for slow, medium or fast flow rate. The multi-flow nipple ensures the right flow rate, every time.
Slotted, Multi-Flow Nipples have slots instead of holes to feed thin cereal or pulpy juices. They are turned during feeding to accommodate the flow needed for the thickness of the food or fluid.
Silicone Nipples are made of clear, heat-resistant material that can withstand a dishwasher's high temperatures. Silicone is less porous than latex and not as prone to bacteria. Silicone nipples can last three to four times longer than latex.
Latex Nipples are more flexible than silicone and made of a brown, soft material, which may allow for easier suction. They need to be replaced more often and inspected regularly for cracks or signs of wear.
★Choosing Baby Formula
Baby's feeding needs aren't something you'll want to skimp on. After all, feeding begins as soon as baby arrives---so you'll want to be prepared to keep baby happy! Next to mother's milk, formula is the only alternative and the best source of nutrients babies need to grow. Formula can meet baby's nutritional needs for the first 4-6 months. Choose from basic, milk-based formula and specialty organic, soy, lactose-free, hypoallergenic and preemie varieties. New infant formulas contain DHA and ARA, two nutrients thought to contribute to mental and visual development that are found in breastmilk. Ask your pediatrician for her recommendation.
For babies younger than one year old, it's important that they take formula, not regular cow's milk, in their bottles. Children this young are not able to properly digest cow's milk, and infant formulas can provide them with the vitamins and minerals they need at a very young age.
All infant formulas marketed in the U.S. are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and nutritional requirements.
The FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents do not try to make their own formula, which is less likely to contain the proper mix of nutrients.
★Types of Formula
When choosing an infant formula, here are some of the options you may encounter:
Powder: Powdered formulas are generally thecheapest to buy and easiest to store or carry. Be sure to check the expiration date, and never use formula that has passed the date on the package.
Ready Made: These formulas are prepared and ready for your baby to eat without mixing with water. They are also usually the most expensive type of formula.
Cow's Milk Based: Almost all formulas start with a base of cow's milk. However, it is then processed in a way that makes it safe for infants and easier for them to digest. Formulated with a blend of proteins to be similar to breastmilk.
Organic: Made with high quality protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Soy Based: These formulas are sold as an alternative to milk-based formulas. Soy can help with digestion if milk-based formulas cause discomfort. But the AAP says there are few instances where a soy-based formula is necessary.
Lactose-free cow's milk formulas: are also available for babies who have problems digesting lactose. This formula is a source of milk protein with lactase enzyme added, providing easier digestion for babies with lactose sensitivity.
★Preparing Baby Formula
When preparing a powdered or liquid formula, be sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully. It's important to mix the right proportion of water and formula. Too much water can mean that your baby doesn't get the right amount of nutrients and can slow her growth. Too little water can cause dehydration.
If you have concerns about the safety of the water you're using for the formula, including well water, boil the water for a full minute. Let it cool before you use it to mix with the formula.
If you've mixed formula and your baby didn't drink all of it, you can store the leftover formula for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. If it's not used by that time, you should throw it out.
Many babies prefer warm or room-temperature formula. If you need to heat it, you should not use a microwave, which can heat it unevenly and potentially be too hot in spots for your baby. The best way to heat the bottle is to place it in a pan of hot water for several minutes. Test the temperature of the formula by placing a few drops on your wrist.
★Baby Bottle Feeding Schedule
Babies who are bottle fed don't need to feed as often as breastfed babies. For most newborns who are bottle-fed, feeding every three to four hours is appropriate. They will take about two tothree ounces per feeding at this time. At a month old, about four ounces per feeding is right, and you can increase it to six to eight ounces by six months old.
You can also judge if it's the right amount by watching for signs that your baby is still hungry. After a feeding, she may smack her lips, squirm, or stick her tongue out. If she turns her head away or starts getting distracted, that may indicate that she's full.
In the first month, five to six wet diapers and at least three or four bowel movements a day indicates that your baby is getting enough to eat, according to the AAP.
Always check what's right for your baby with your pediatrician.
Let's get you prepared, because you'll be changing your baby's diaper up to 10 times a day. That's over 70 diapers a week! 280 diapers a month! 3360 diapers during the first year!
We know you want to keep your baby smiling. And since a happy baby is a dry baby, keepingher that way is a large part of everyone's happiness. So learn the basics and you'll be a pro in no time!
★How to change a diaper:
To prevent falls, NEVER leave your baby unattended on the changing table.
Place baby tummy side up on the changing table, or on a changing mat on the floor. Unfasten the diaper tabs and remove the soiled diaper.
Hold your baby's feet together and very gently lift them up, raising the baby's bottom. Use wipes to wipe away any excess stool, then fold over the soiled section of the diaper and set the old diaper aside. Throw it out into a diaper receptacle. Wipe your baby's buttocks and genitals gently from front to back with baby wipes. Don't forget the lower back and the skin folds of the thighs.
Lay a fresh diaper under your baby's bottom.
Pat the area dry with a towel; cornstarch powder is optional.
Apply diaper-rash cream to the area if necessary.
Make sure to pull up the back of the clean diaper high enough to prevent leaks. Position the front of the diaper just under the baby's abdomen.
Bring the tabs around from the back of the diaper and fasten them to the front.
★What's In Your Baby's Diaper?
When baby comes into the world, your innate ability to detect the slightest variation in her output also arrives. And that's where you'll find clues to your baby's health and well-being. Nourished or hydrated, feeling good or not so peppy, the diaper holds the key to baby's inner workings.
As a newborn, her very first BM (bowel movement) should be a thick dark green or black substance calledmeconium. This is what was in her intestines before she was born. As soon as baby expels the meconium, normal digestion will start and from then on, her BM's will generally be softer and lighter in color.
Since breast milk is more easily digested, breast-fed babies will have soft, almost runny BM's that look like seedy mustard. They may have as many as 2-5 BM's per day, or as few as one per week. Constipation or hard, pebble-like stools are less likely in breast-fed babies since breast milk is more easily digested.
Formula-fed babies will have firmer, tan, yellow, brown or green stools and may have one after every feeding. Since formula is a bit harder to digest for baby, don't be surprised if constipation does occur.
As baby starts on cereals and solid foods, when you change her diaper you'll discover that the consistency and color of her stools reflect the food she ate during the day.
Although baby's wet diapers may start slowly at first (1 for every day of baby's life), by 6 days old, there should be 6-8 wet diapers a day.
★Types of Diapers: What's the Difference?
There are many choices in diapers today. Both cloth and disposable diapers come in a variety of sizes and with different features. After use, disposable diapers can be sealed up in a special disposal system and thrown away, while cloth diapers are laundered and reused. Whichever type of diaper you choose, make sure baby's genital area is clean after every diaper change.
Today's unisex diapers are designed to address the needs of both sexes with comfortable, absorbent padding throughout. They offer leakage and wetness protection with extra-absorbing systems and unique features such as waist barriers. Some include Aloe to soothe baby's skin. Disposables are far more convenient than cloth diapers, eliminating the need for plastic pants and require no pins or folding.
●Breathable outer cover
●Stretchable sides/elastic waist
●Elasticized leg openings
●Absorbent inner layer
●Reusable self-adhering tapes
There are two types of diaper fabrics to choose from: birdseye and gauze. Birdseye is a tightly woven, textured cotton that's both soft and absorbent. All of its edges are finished. Gauze is a finer, open-weave fabric that is also comfortable, but looser. It is usually designed with unfinished edges. Cloth diapers, in whichever fabric you choose, come in flat or pre-folded styles
Wipes are a must for anyone taking care of an infant. They are the most convenient and simple way to clean up. When choosing a wipe, some important factors to consider are: cleaning ability, thickness and durability. Wipes are available in tubs, economical refills and compact travel packs... great for diaper bags or anytime you are on the go! To make them more comforting for baby, consider using a wipe warmer. This compact, electric unit is easy to use and designed to fit on most changing tables... so warm wipes are within reach when you need them!
Types of Wipes Available
●Scented & Unscented
●Hands & Face
Your infant will need to be changed often, so if you're on the go a lot (and what parent isn't?), a diaper bag is a must! It's a convenient way to carry all of baby's essentials, so you are never taken by surprise. With the amazing chic styles and hot brands of diaper bags available today, you just might be making a fashion statement with yours!
Diaper Bag Must-Haves
Having a diaper bag filled with necessary items will make your outings with baby more pleasant and less stressful. Here are a few items that every well-stocked bag should have.
●Toy and/or Book
●Diaper Rash Ointment
●Bottle & Formula (if not breast feeding)
●Change of Clothes
●Hats (winter and sun)
●Disposable Camera (in a sealed plastic Baggie)
●$20 (just in case)
【Cribs & Crib Mattress Buying Guide】
Now is the best time to buy a new crib rather than opting for a hand-me-down.
Effective June 2011, Federal Standards are making all new cribs made, sold or leased in the United States safer. Mattress supports are stronger, crib hardware is more durable, and potentially harmful traditional drop sides are no longer available.
There is also a great variety of cribs available, from those that come as part of a larger nursery ensemble to cribs with an attached changing table, helping to make those diaper changes much easier!
★Picking The Right Crib
The crib is the first piece of nursery furniture usually purchased. Since much of baby's time is going to be spent in it, make sure it's both safe and comfortable for your little one. In order to make your shopping experience easier, we have listed the different styles of cribs with some of their features and benefits to help you find the one that's right for you.
Great for grandma's house or as a spare one in your own bedroom, the lightweight, portable cribs fold up for easy storage when not in use. Some models, called bedside bassinets, keep baby safely within arm's reach for easy bottle or breastfeeding during the night and double-up as a play yard by day.
Round cribs are becoming increasingly popular, and provide a space-saving alternative in nurseries. Because of their unique shape, these cribs can be placed in the center of a room, rather than being placed against a wall.
★Convertible (Lifetime) Crib
Convertible cribs offer great value for money. Extremely versatile, most cribs convert to 3-sided day beds, toddler beds and full-size beds. The bottom line is that this is an investment that literally grows with your child - from crib to college, and beyond!
★What to Look For: Multi-Position Mattress Spring
This allows you to adjust the mattress position as baby grows. Some cribs permit the mattress spring to be lowered to 3 or 4 different positions.
★Choosing A Crib Mattress
The second most important part of the crib is the mattress. When pricing the crib, it's important that you keep in mind the cost of a good quality mattress too. Since your little one will be spending a lot of time sleeping, the mattress is vital to your baby's comfort and safety. It is worthwhile to invest a little time in choosing a good, long-lasting mattress that meets your satisfaction.
★What to Look For
●Always check the mattress for firmness. Compare the firmness of crib mattresses by squeezing at the edges and at the center.
●Always measure the crib for mattress size, especially if it's an older crib. New crib mattresses measure approximately 51 5/8 inches (length) by 27 1/4 inches (width) and cannot exceed a 6-inch thickness.
●The mattress should fit the crib snugly, leaving no more than a two finger width space between the mattress and the side of the crib.
●Quilted vinyl or multiple layers of laminated vinyl reinforced with nylon adds to the durability and water resistance of any mattress.
●Fabric binding along the seams allows air to escape, preventing the seams from straining and splitting over time from pressure caused by the child's movements.
●Carefully positioned vent holes help to keep the mattress fresher, by allowing odors to escape and to alleviate air pressure against the seams.
【Baby Furniture Basics】
The heart of every baby nursery is a crib. Not surprising, as your newborn is going to spend quite a lot of time in it. So, naturally you would like the crib of your choice to be both safe and comfortable for baby, as well as versatile and convenient for you. Here are a few basic things to keep in mind to ensure your little one's safety.
●No matter what type of crib you choose, never use one with corner posts that are more than 1/16'' tall (unless they're over 16'' tall and used with a canopy).
●Make sure the slats are spaced no more than 2 3/8'' apart and all hardware and fittings are tightly secured.
●Pillows are not recommended in a crib.
●The mattress must fit snugly (the space between the crib and the mattress should be no wider than two adult fingers).
●For important safety guidelines and information about various types of cribs, please see the Babies''R''Us Crib and Crib Mattress Buying Guide.
Keeping the nursery functional is key to baby's safety and your sanity. And a changing table helps you in doing just that. It enables you to safely change and dress your newborn at a convenient height, with all the essentials handy. You can choose from three types of changing tables:
●An Open-Shelves changing table comes with a protective guardrail on top that helps prevent baby from falling. All the changing needs are kept within reach in the open shelves below.
●A Dresser-Drawer changing table combines spacious, concealed drawers and shelving to keep diapers and other necessities out-of-sight. As your child grows, it often does double-duty as a dresser!
●A Combo Unit changing table is a space-saving solution that fits a contoured changing pad on top and comes with long drawers that store layette and other essentials. This versatile piece continues to serve well as a dresser through the growing years.
Whatever style of changing table you choose, NEVER leave your baby alone, for even a moment. For important safety guidelines and information about various types of changing tables and changing pads, please see the Babies''R''Us Changing Tables Buying Guide.
★Chests, Dressers And Nightstands
Built to hold most of baby's layette, chests generally come in three- to six-drawer styles, while dressers may come in single or double styles. Nightstands are perfect for storing all of baby's treasures and can generally be used in any child's room, regardless of age. In all cases, look for sturdy construction to prevent toppling, drawerswith safety stops, easy-to-clean surfaces, and non-toxic finishes.
【Changing Table Buying Guide】
A changing table is a safe and convenient place to change and dress baby. It gives you the advantage of having baby at a convenient heightlevel for easier access and a better hold, while keeping everything you need handy.
Here are three different styles to choose from:
have a sturdy table with a protective guardrail to prevent baby from falling. It keeps all changing needs within reach.
combines spacious drawers and storage shelving behind a door. This style provides versatility and convenience. And once you no longerneed it as a changing table, you can use it as a dresser... to fit even a teen's needs!
are ideal if you are tight on space. It fits a contoured changing pad on top for a safe changing area, plus keeps all supplies within reach. The long drawers store the layette and the top side-drawer holds powders, lotions and wipes. Open the door below for a perfect space for stacking diapers. A matching hutch is sold separately.
A Changing pad is a portable, cushioned surface for your baby to lie on while you change or dress your little one. It can rest on the top of a combo unit, dressing table or any wide, stable surface. It is designed with different features to ensure your baby's comfort.
Choose from three types of changing pads:
have upward curved edges that prevent baby from rolling over. For additional safety, the pad includes adjustable safety straps to help hold baby in place and non-skid bottoms to prevent the pad from slipping. Vinyl exteriors make them easy to clean. For baby's comfort, changing pad covers are available - and they come in a variety of colors to complement any nursery.
●Multi-Use, Waterproof Pads
are designed with vinyl or waterproof cloth exteriors and can be used nearly anywhere - for a quick change in the crib, on baby's day out or even while traveling. These multiple use pads protect, comfort and keep moisture from leaking through.
are quilted on top providing absorbency, as well as softness next to baby's tender skin. They're waterproof on the bottom, too, to help avoid moisture from soaking through. Because they are easy to dispose of, they are ideal to take on long trips.
While a changing pad is included with some changing tables, you can also purchase them separately. If your changing table does not have safety straps, be sure to purchase a changing pad that does.
【Baby's First Sponge Bath】
For the first couple of weeks of your baby's life, a sponge bath is the way to go until the umbilicus falls off and a circumcision, if any, heals.
★Time to Begin
●Begin by choosing a safe, comfortable and convenient area to work in.
●Throughout the bath, be sure you support your baby's head and neck.
●Up until you are actually ready to wash baby below the neck, there is no reason to undress him.
●Do not introduce soap into the sponge bath until your infant is at least 1 week old. Until then, plain water is sufficient.
●Wrapping a washcloth around your hand may offer you more control than simply holding it in your hand.
●Your baby's pediatrician will provide you with direction on how to properly care for your baby's umbilical cord; remember to keep it dry and exposed to air.
●You should continue to sponge bathe your baby until the umbilical cord has fallen off, usually within 1 month before full baths will be necessary.
★The Steps for a Successful Sponge Bath
Step 1. Place everything you need nearby. Before undressing baby, moisten a cotton ball or soft washcloth with warm water and gently wipe baby's eyelids while he's in a reclined position. Wipe from the inside corner out and use different cotton balls for each eye.
Step 2. Dampen a cotton ball with warm water and gently clean around baby's nose area, being careful not to penetrate the nostrils. If needed, you can dampen a cotton swab and gently clean the outside of the nostrils. Repeat for baby's ears, being sure to wipe both outside and behind the ear. Never insert a cottonswab into baby's ear canal.
Step 3. With another washcloth, clean baby's face and neck. Usually patting with warm water will be enough, plus this way you can avoid the risk of irritating baby's eyes or nostrils with soap.
Step 4. Now it's time to wash baby's hair. Sit baby up, supporting his back while tilting his head back. Either squeeze warm water from a face cloth or use your hands to sprinkle water over baby's head. Use just a small amount of gentle shampoo or cleanser. Don't be afraid to wash over your baby's soft spot (fontanel). This developing part of your baby's body is a lot tougher than you would believe, and can be gently washed and rinsed, like every other part of baby's body. Pat dry using that same gentle touch. If your baby cries when you wash his hair, save it for last, but be sure to use fresh water.
Step 5. Lay baby gently on a soft towel or pad and wash his front. Then, wash baby's genital area, being sure to clean from front to back. For both sexes, clean genital areas before cleaning bottom. Be sure to thoroughly wash all creases.
Note: Using soap in the sensitive genital and anal areas may cause discomfort and irritation. If soap is used, be sure to thoroughly rinse. Pat dry.
Step 6. Turn baby around and repeat this process with the back area. Pat dry. Diaper and dress your baby.
【Baby's First Shampoo】
Sandy and Marcie Jones
Suds up! It's time to wash your baby's hair. Although it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, you may be surprised at just how much fun it can be for both baby and you. Of course, the key to this task is being prepared.
First of all, identify a bath area where you will be comfortable handling your little one. This could range from placing the baby bathtub in kitchen sink or the bathroom tub.
Lay out all the necessary supplies like baby shampoo, 2-3 baby washcloths, a rinse cup, a large towel and perhaps a bath toy or two. Prepare the bath water to a pleasant temperature. Make sure that it is neither too hot nor too cold, as that can upset baby and things can go downhill from there. Let the baby acclimate to the bathtub setting before jumping in with the baby hair care process. Once you place him in the bathtub, it might be a good idea to bring out those adorable bath toys (a classic sudsing strategy!) Remember, soothing with a song or just talking to baby can put both of you at ease.
★The Shampoo Process
Your newborn doesn't need a rigorous shampooing schedule, neither do you need to suds up your baby's head every time you give him a bath. Getting his head wet may make him feel threatened and chilly.
Gently brushing his hair with a soft-bristled baby brush is enough to keep it free of tangles and lint. Only shampoo your baby's hair when you genuinely feel it's necessary. Once your baby gets older and starts smearing cereal and baby food in his hair, shampooing will take on more importance!
The shampoo you choose should be tear-free, which means it contains a mild numbing solution to prevent it from stinging. Even then, be careful to keep the soap out of your baby's eyes. You need only a couple of drops of shampoo to get the job done, or you can use a baby body cleanser instead.
●Save shampooing for the last. Keep his head dry while you're bathing other parts, since this will help to keep him warm.
●Keep the shampoo bottle ready. Flip or unscrew the top before you begin so you can squeeze it with one hand.
●Prepare the water. Pour lukewarm water into a measuring cup, or a small watering can with a slender spout so you can control the flow.
●Dampen the scalp. Hold your baby in one arm so that his head is tilted a little lower than his body. Pour the prepared water over your baby's locks and let it drain into the sink or baby bathtub.
●Drop of shampoo. Squeeze out a few drops of shampoo (half the size of a dime) into your palm. Spread the shampoo around on his head and gently massage it in with the pads of your fingers. (Don't be afraid of hurting the soft spots, or fontanels, on your baby's head-they're tough.)
●Rinse. Again, hold your baby's body so his head is a little lower than the rest of his body. Pour warm water over his scalp to rinse off the shampoo, and then test with your hand to be sure there are no soapy areas left. If there are, rinse again.
●Dry. Use a flap or hood of the towel to gently pat your baby's head, and keep him loosely wrapped as you transfer him to a dry area, such as the changing table where you can you pat him dry, put on his diaper, and then dress him. Use a gentle baby brush on those fine locks and let them dry naturally.
You'll soon get the hang of shampooing your baby's hair as part of a regular bathing ritual, and your tot will learn to lie backward, or to lean forward for rinsing. For babies that strongly dislike the shampooing ritual, you might be wise to consider a foam shampoo visor or shield made for protecting tots' faces -- or a toy for distraction to ease the process.
【Temperature Taking: Overcoming the Fever Fear Factor】
By: Laura Jana, M.D., FAAP
A fussy and warm-to-the-touch baby generates extreme parental anxiety. Add the imperative of wee infant orifice invasion with a thermometer, and the subsequent responsibility to analyze the results adequately, and you have more than enough stressors to push most new parents to the brink. Dr. Laura Jana has shared her authoritative temperature-taking tips.
What is considered fever? What is a ''normal'' body temperature? Parents should have an understanding of fever and safe, accurate temperature taking, as well as the risk of fever in a newborn and that in older infants and children. Overcome the fever fear factor by learning how to take temperature correctly and know when it's important to call to the pediatrician.
Whereas fevers during a baby's first few months of life may be caused by common cold viruses, newborns run the small risk of having a more serious underlying infection. The younger the infant, the less prepared the immune system is to fight infection and the more seriously an elevated temperature should be taken. Therefore, any young infant with a fever should be brought to the immediate attention of a doctor.
Old-fashioned mercury-in-glass thermometers have been replaced with new digital models that allow for safe and accurate temperature readings and offer features such as color-changing displays and faster response times that contribute for ease of use. Reduce anxiety and increase confidence associated with taking temperatures by becoming familiar with the use of the thermometer on a ''normal'' day - a day when there is no reason to suspect your child has a fever.
Temperatures are taken most commonly in the mouth (orally), in the bottom (rectally), under the arm (axiliary) or in the ear (tympanic). Check with your pediatrician regarding the method which is best for your child.
Rectal temperatures are recommended for infant temperature taking since the readings are the most accurate measure of core body temperature.
●Lay baby on either his belly or back on a comfortable, but firm, flat surface - across your lap,on a changing table, sofa or even on the floor.
●If on his back, hold baby's legs up just as you would if changing a diaper. If on his belly, position so that his bottom sticks up a bit by tucking his knees under or letting his legs drape over your lap. Dab some lubricating jelly onto the short, round tip of the thermometer.
●Carefully insert the thermometer tip into the rectal (anal) opening until the metal tip is no longer showing (approximately 1/2'').
●Consider purchasing more than one thermometer so that one is designated ''For rectal use only.''
●A rectal measurement of above 100.4°F is generally considered fever.
★Axillary (Underarm) Temperatures
This is a safe and straight-forward method for toddlers and older.
●Make sure the child's clothing doesn't come between the thermometer and the skin.
●Tuck the thermometer tip high up in the armpit and hold it in place by lowering the child's arm and keeping it snugly up against the chest until longenough to secure the temperature reading.
●An underarm measure of above 99°F is generally considered fever.
Oral temperature taking is generally recommended for children who are at least four or five years of age. When taking an oral temperature:
●Make sure that your child has not had a cold or hot drink within the last 30 minutes.
●Gently place the tip of the thermometer under one side of the tongue and towards the back.
●Teach your child to hold the thermometer securely in place using
●both his lips and his (or your) hands. Unlike glass thermometers, digital thermometers can easily withstand biting which helps hold thethermometer in place.
●An oral measurement of above 100°F is generally considered fever.
When reporting the child's temperature to your pediatrician, there is no need to add, subtract or otherwise mathematically manipulate the results based on where the temperature was taken. Instead, simply be sure to mention how, when and where you obtained your measurement.